Former Premier League Referee Clarifies VAR Decision That Went Against Chelsea

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Chelsea lost to Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, but it was a game that was filled with major highlights.

With Liverpool leading 1-0, Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had scored Chelsea’s equaliser but he had his goal ruled out for offside by VAR because Mason Mount was marginally offside in the buildup.

It was a key decision that could have turned the game around for Frank Lampard’s side, but the VAR cancelled the game and it didn’t take long for Liverpool to add a second through Firminho.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has defended VAR and insists that Mount was clearly off in the buildup to the goal.

He told Sky Sports: “Mount was clearly offside. The view of the VAR was that Liverpool never had a chance to defend that situation.

“Chelsea had six players touch the ball while Liverpool’s two touches were accidental touches. The VAR has to decide whether Liverpool had a chance to defend and he chose ‘no’.

“The VAR decided Liverpool defence didn’t have the opportunity to reset, so correct call.”

According to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the offside call made by the VAR is a straightforward decision. He insists we have to accept offside is offside.

Klopp said: “Offside I think is the easy decision when it comes to using VAR. We have to accept that offside is offside.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes VAR kills the moment for fans and players.

Lampard told talkSPORT: “It’s here to stay, so it’s frustrating. It definitely kills the moment, that’s for sure.

“People pay their money and they want to celebrate, the players want to celebrate and now, we’re all going to have to try to wait a moment. It’s difficult.

“I saw the Tottenham game yesterday [where VAR disallowed a Serge Aurier goal against Leicester], and it’s a shame when you’re talking about tough decisions.

“But we have to accept it, it’s here, it’s not going anywhere, I just hope some go in our favour very soon.”

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